Thursday, March 5, 2020

Mini Reviews: Dark Bully Romances

Angry God
All Saints High #3
By: LJ Shen
Published: February 15, 2020
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Book Summary:

From #1 Amazon Bestseller L.J. Shen comes a new, emotional standalone about first love, second chances, and overcoming breathtaking losses at a young age.

Vaughn Spencer.
They call him an angry god.
To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.
His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.
All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.
Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.
I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.
But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.
A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.
They say this place is haunted, and it is.
Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.
Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.

My Thoughts:

I love LJ Shen's writing.  She develops the most deeply layered characters, and emotional reading experiences.  I am a huge fan of the All Saints High Series.  Vaughn's story was deep, dark, and twisted.  While he was a difficult character to like at first, we saw glimpses of the good in him throughout the story.  We end up learning why Vaughn because so angry, and appeared unfeeling and coldhearted.  The reason broke my heart.  However, we end up with a spectacular happily ever after, and a story that I was glued to from beginning to end!

About the Author:

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries. She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat. 

By: Penelope Douglas
Published: January 13, 2020
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Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

*Credence is a new adult standalone novel suitable for readers 18+.

My Thoughts:

Kinky, erotic, and a bit twisted.  The beginning was slow building, the middle had me glued to my kindle, and the end packed a powerful and emotional punch!  This is a story that will spark a lot of controversy, and isn't going to be for everyone, but I loved it, and couldn't put it down!

About the Author:

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now. 


  1. I always like to find out why a character acts the way he does and when the reason is heartbreaking it makes the story that much better.

  2. LJ Shen is an author I really want to try

    1. You should Melliane. A lot of her books are on Kindle Unlimited if you have it :)

  3. Thanks for sharing Lindy glad you liked them!

  4. When I'm in the mood for dark and gritty I could see myself liking either of these. I'm so impressed with your succinct yet complete reviews. I could never. LOL

    Thanks, Lindy!

  5. that credence cover really caught my eye, but i do love dark and twisted, so i think i would enjoy them both
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. That cover caught my eye when I first saw it too Sherry!

  6. These two books sound very fun. I haven't read any books by R.J.Shen before, but I love Penelope Douglas.

    1. LJ Shen's All Saints High Series has the same vibe as Penelope Douglas' Fall Away Series Maureen :)

  7. I've never tried either of these authors but both books sounds riveting! I'm always up for a dark and twisty story. Glad these were both hits for you. :)

  8. I really want to read and LJ Shen novel soon. There was one you posted on a couple of months ago that I wanted to try. I'll figure it out once I'm ready to read it, lol. I've heard mixed things about Credence, but I'm sure it's all kinds of hot! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I'm on the fence on whether I'll read it. Great minis, Lindy! :)


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